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WATER BAPTISM

the sacrament of public faith

Join us as we come alongside and cheer those who are entering the waters of baptism. This ancient sacrament of the church is a beautiful expression of ones public confession of the inward work of God's grace. If you have yet to enter into the waters of baptism, and are feeling stirred by God to do so, please let us know. Why Baptism? - Water baptism is an outward declaration to your community that reflects and states your faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. - Water baptism expresses ones commitment to Christ and commitment to His body. - Commitment to Christ: - 1 Peter 3:13-22 (emphasis on v. 21,22) - Colossians 2:9-15 (emphasis on v. 12) - Commitment to His body (community): - Gal. 3:26-4:7 (emphasis on v. 26-29) - Ephesians 2:19-22 Why Baptism? Below are two additional responses to the question “why baptism?”, that are particularly valuable to our community. Our culture of “living sideways” is a reflection of narratives such as what you will read below: 1. Christ entered into our humanity and chose himself to be baptized. 2. Baptism is done in community and experienced as a body in relationship with one another. - Baptism is considered a sacrament of our faith and was actually a practice expressed beautifully by God in the Old Testament tradition in Ezekiel 36:25-36. (More Scriptures sharing the stories of Old Testament baptism can be found in Leviticus 16) It became a practice of the Christian tradition when John the baptist began to baptize people “a baptism of repentance”. It was then that Jesus sought to be baptized by John ( Matthew 3:13-17) Simply put, though Christ was fully Divine he was also fully man. If this expression of his faith was of value to Him, necessary, and worthy for His formation - then it is for us as well. In Acts 8:26-40 we find a story of the disciple Philip who was lead across the path of an Ethiopian man who was reading the book of Isaiah and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” which eventually turned into a conversation where the Ethiopian man was introduced to Christ. In v. 36 we read, “As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch ]Ethiopian] said, “Look, here is water - why shouldn’t I be baptized?” In relationship and with others, we make the choice to be baptized.

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